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«christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles» (CPAP) has been founded in Paris by Christian and Pascale Pottgiesser in 2005. The diversity of architecture, design and landscape-projects ranges from small scales, including private homes and gardens, to larger scales like urban design. The residential, cultural and working-space projects have been broadly published and the practice has been awarded with international prizes, such as the RIBA Manser Medal in 2012. CPAP includes in its activities cooperation with artists as for instance the production of the «promesse de l’écran» by Pierre Leguillon.

Beside their mediatical image, we are fascinated by things that have to be seen and experienced - directly in front of the «unicum» - in order to fully grasp their interest. Free of any judgments, our interest is focused on all available design techniques. Our work is situated somewhere between digital Nurbs and a material block of clay: simultaneously contemporaneous and primitive.

We added the denotation «architecturespossibles» to our practice's name in order to convey the idea that at the beginning of all projects, all kinds of imaginable architectures are possible. We have the impression that most things still have to be invented, undogmatically.

Occasionally, in our experimental, non-standard work on normativities, renovation and reconstruction of existing buildings, spontaneously unexpected configurations emerge.

Christian Pottgiesser

architect DPLG, RIBA

lives and works in Paris.

born in 1965, Germany.

d.p.l.g. at the Ecole d'Architecture Paris-Villemin in 1991.

d.e.a. in philosophy at the Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne in 1995.

Opening of the first architectural

firm in 1991.

co-founder of 'christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles' in 2005.

‘visiting’ at the ENSA VT in 2013

Architectural Association Visiting School 2015/6.

currently teaching at the ENSA PVS.

Pascale Thomas Pottgiesser


lives and works in Paris.

born in 1962 at Le Havre, France.

graduated from the Ecole des Beaux Arts, 1986.

collaborates since 2002 with Christian Pottgiesser.

co-founder of 'christian pottgiesser architecturespossibles' in 2005.

team members since 2005 (i. a.):

Paul Berthelot, Yassine Bruneau, Etienne Delgado, Carlo Goncalves, Mylène Gouin, Constantin Grec, Dr. Florian Hertweck, Alejandro Ratier, Geoffrey Terrade, Romana Walch

awards (selection):

  1. LabCDC 2018, laureate

  2. FAIRE Paris 2017, laureate

• RIBA Manser Medal 2012, laureate

•RIBA European Award 2012, laureate

•work nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

•The International Architecture Award for 2013

•Prix Archinovo Saint-Gobain 2013, Jury Prize laureate

•Contractworld Award 2008 (winner)

•AIT Best of office architecture award 2008, 2

• WAN award 2012, 21 for 21, 2nd.

• AIT award 2012, 2nd.

• Europan 4, 2

invited competitions (selection):

•Phaeno - science center, Wolfsburg, Germany

•PARIS HABITAT - OPH, project Riquet, Paris

•R.I.V.P. Régie Immobilière de la Ville de Paris, project Guénot, Paris

•Congress Center, Dresden, Germany

•appel aux jeunes architectes, Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Paris

exhibitions (selection):

•15th Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, Reporting from the front

•14th Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, Fundamentals

•14th International Biennale of Architecture Buenos Aires 2013

•Francia diseña hoy, Madrid 2012

•work in process 2012, Le Paris des Maisons, objets trouvés 2004, exposition permanente, Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Paris

•biennale Agora 2006, Bordeaux 2006

•± dense, CAUE 92, Sceaux 2005

publications (press, publishing and television):

a+u, techniques & Architecture, AV monografias, DETAIL, RIBA journal, RIBA publishing, domus, oris, AMC, Architecture intérieure crée, d’A, bob, umran; l’ARCA, architektur aktuell, de arhitectura, intramuros, Wallpaper, Frame, AIT, Baumeister, db, bauwelt, space, c3, LW, AJ, abitare ... geste, Vogue, Häuser, à vivre, idea, Nouvel Observateur, Marie-Claire Maison, le Monde, les Echos, le Figaro... TASCHEN, Editions Carré, Institut Français, Univers Press (NY), Thames & Hudsen, Birkhäuser, Connaissance des Arts, DUNOD, structure, links, DVA, amc le Moniteur, Motta, ICI interface, Laurence King, BRAUN, Parenthèses, Gestalten... TF1, France 2, paris première, TBS (Jp) NHK (Jp), tv5, channel 4, arte...